My Sugar Free Meal Plan for Jan 14th – Jan 20th!

My Sugar Free Meal Plan for Jan 14th – Jan 20th!

This looks like a terrible week for great deals on meal.  Kroger has Center Cut Pork Chops on for $1.97/lb but that’s not anything to get too excited about.  Looks like most of my meals will be coming out of my freezer and I’ll wait until next week to buy more meat.  Nice thing about a stockpile is you don’t ever have to pay more than you want for your meals.

My Sugar Free Meal Plan for Jan 14th – Jan 20th!

Thursday January 14th

Grilled Pork Chops with Tomatoes and Okra

Friday January 15th

Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker with Butternut Squash

Saturday January 16th

Chicken Fried Steak with Pepper Gravy, green beans and corn

Sunday January 17th

Tea Brined Chicken with grilled brussels sprouts

Monday January 18th

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Breasts with baked cabbage

Tuesday January 19th

Hamburgers with grilled peppers and onions and a salad

Wednesday January 20th

Leftovers

 

1/13 Weightloss Wednesday: My Failure at The Movies

1/13 Weightloss Wednesday: My Failure at The Movies

Overall it’s been a good week.  Last night I went to the movies and realized I had really set myself up to fail.  I hadn’t eaten since noon and hadn’t brought anything good to eat so I ended up stuffing my face with a bucket of popcorn.  Not a good move.  But I’m still seeing my weight fall bit by bit so I’m happy with this journey so far.

How are you doing on your journey?  Let me know in the comments.

 

Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe!

Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe!

Stuffed Bell Peppers has always been in the recipe rotation around here but I usually made it with rice and I used the tomato paste with sugar.  I knew I wanted to bring this recipe into my Sugar Free world so I needed to find a way to make it without the rice and with tomato pate with no added sugar.  The tomato paste was easy, I just needed to remember to read the ingredients before I bought it but the rice was a little trickier.

I knew I needed the filler that rice was but I need whatever the filler was to fairly bland because I didn’t want anything overpowering the taste of the meat.  I settled on zucchini and squash and am pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I diced them in this recipe but after we cooked them my wife pointed out that we could have shredded them and kept it more “rice-like” for lack of a better term.  I may try that next time and see how it goes.

Either way, I’m glad this recipe is back in our family rotation and not only is it sugar-free but also dairy-free, low carb, and gluten-free.

 

Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Peppers
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 People
 
Soy, Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe
Ingredients
  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 2 Lbs Ground Hamburger Meat
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Diced
  • 1 Zucchini, Diced
  • 1 Squash, Diced
  • 1 Tsp Olive OIl
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tbsp Oregano
  • ½ Tbsp Black Pepper
  • Table Salt for Peppers
  • Chopped Cilantro for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Chop tops off Peppers and remove seeds
  2. Boil Peppers in water for 4-5 Minutes
  3. Place Olive Oil in skillet, cook meat, onions, and garlic until meet is about halfway brown
  4. Place all other ingredients except for Cilantro and table salt in skillet and cook until veggies are soft, approx 20 minutes
  5. Salt inside of peppers and stuff with meat mixture
  6. Bake Peppers for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
  7. Garnish with Cilantro

 

7 Harmful Effects of Sugar

7 Harmful Effects of Sugar

The effects of sugar on the body are numerous and well-documented and very few of them are positive.  Consumed in small amounts, sugar is harmless and an great source of energy.  However, we’ve passes the “small an\mount” stage as a culture and sugar is now in almost everything we eat.  The human body was never meant to consume this much sugar or have in every meal, every day.  Here is a short list of what sugar does to your body.

1.  Sugar Causes Tooth Decay – (Source)

Eating foods high in sugar and other carbohydrates will feed the bacteria in your mouth which can eat through the protective layer of enamel and cause cavities.

2.   Sugar Causes Diabetes – (Source)

Eating foods high in sugar (Specifically fructose) can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity causing the pancreas to have to secrete more insulin to compensate.  If this continues for long enough, the pancreas will “burn out” and stop producing insulin at all, necessitating insulin injections

3.   Sugar Causes Heart Failure – (Source)

More and more evidence is being discovered that sugar doesn’t just cause heart disease in the way we used to believe it did, but it also seems to have an affect on the pumping ability of the heart.  It’s looking like sugar actually breaks down the muscle fibers in the heart itself.

4.  Sugar causes Hypertension – (Source)

You have probably heard your entire life that if you have high blood pressure, you should avoid salt.  However new evidence is being found that it might actually be sugar that is the culprit here.  Just as a personal aside, I rarely used salt on anything for years and my blood pressure was getting crazily out of hand.  (I talk about it here)  No medicines could get it under control and I was in real danger of stroking out.  Within a month of cutting sugar out of my diet, my BP was at least low enough that medication could control it.  I have wondered many times if I had never read this information if I would have survived the year.

5.  Sugar causes cancer – (Source)

For many years, the line was that sugar didn’t seem to cause cancer but once you had cancer, cancer lived off of sugar and thrived in high sugar environments.  However, new evidence is being discovered that sugar not only helps sugar to spread but may also cause it as well.

6.  Sugar harms your liver – (Source)

Sugar affects your liver in much the same way as alcohol.  A little every once in a while is fine but chronic use inevitably causes liver damage.  The problem here is that sugar in about 80% of the products on store shelves so it’s REAL hard to avoid if you aren’t being diligent.  In fact we have seen a sharp uptick in NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) which means people are finding they have the liver of a life long alcoholic even if they never drink.

7.  Sugar is Making You Fat – (Source)

Your body turns the fructose in sugar into abdominal fat as fast as it can.  This used to be a great thing.  Fruits were pretty much the only way our ancestors had easy access to fructose.  Fruits would ripen in the spring, we would eat them and put on a few pounds to get us through winter.  But now fructose is in almost everything we eat so we are constantly putting on pounds and there is no long winter to force us to slough them off.  They just keep piling on.

What should you do about all this?  Stop eating sugar!

My Sugar Free Meal Plan for Jan 7th – Jan 13th!

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One of the things I find to be the most helpful when cutting out sugars and carbs is to plan out my meals in advance so I can see exactly what it is that I will be preparing.  This way I can be sure to get everything I need from the store and not get stuck in a situation where I don’t have that one key ingredient I need to make a meal complete.  This blog is so young that most of my recipes aren’t up yet and I hope to add them as quickly as I can.  (I know for a fact that I’m adding my Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe this Monday)  I’ve tried to include links to other recipes that are similar to mine where I can find them as a stopgap.

This week Kroger has boneless chicken breasts on sale for $1.77/lb and Pork Shoulder Roast for $1.69/lb.  Not rock bottom prices but about a quarter/lb cheaper than normal.  Also Safeway has a Whole Boneless Pork Loin on for $1.77/lb so that will be our Sunday meal.

Thursday the 7th

Grilled Chicken Breast over Spinach Salad

Friday the 8th

Hamburger patties, Green Beans and Brazi Bites

Saturday the 9th

Stuffed Green Peppers

Sunday the 10th

Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder Roast with Veggies

Monday the 11th

Marinated Baked Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash & Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday the 12th

Rosemary Garlic Rubbed Pork Loin with Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday the 13th

Leftover night